Early in 2003, I decided that I would like (need?) another boat. I’ve been brought up with boats, both power and sail, and have a list of requirements that I expect in a pleasure craft. Taking this list, it was soon obvious that my tastes were more suited to European styles rather than Australian/American styles. There was one Australian manufactured yacht that was suitable, but out of our budget – the Buizen (see it here). The production yacht closest to my requirements was available out of Norway, and would have to be shipped to Australia – the Nauticat (see it here). Either way, out budget at the time wouldn’t allow us to just go out and buy a new yacht.
We decided that we could save to buy the yacht we wanted, which would take us about 5 years. Or I could re-use previous skills and build us one, which would spread the cost out and take at least 5 years. Either way we weren’t going to have a boat for at least 5 years, so we decided to build. After looking around at various designs, one of the designers offered us a pre-cut steel kit at half-price. He had got the steel cut for a client who then decided on something else, and he wanted it gone.
So that’s how we ended up with our Roberts Spray 370.